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How to work the trend for curved interiors

Whether it's waves, rounded corners or soft scalloped edges, curves are taking the interior design scene by storm! The trend embraces its roots in the iconic Art Deco era while bringing a fresh, contemporary twist that invites serenity and flow into the home. Here, we look at easy ways to introduce curves to your space.


Why curves make us feel good

The relationship between curves and the sense of ease it brings us is reflective of the way they naturally and repeatedly appear in nature. The beauty we find in curved spaces comes from deep within our subconscious and is in a similar vein to how we are drawn to biophilic design and the desire to surround ourselves with natural elements. On larger scales, like arched doorways and rounded walls, curves make a big impact and become a talking point in a similar way that artwork does, as well as breaking up the visual monotony of sharp lines.


Easy ways to introduce curves into your home

During the 90s, curved furniture had a bit of a moment, but what we're seeing now is the newest evolution in curved pieces, not just in larger items such as sofas and dining tables, but in storage pieces and items with decorative qualities like sideboards and bookcases.
  1. Welcome in the serenity of rolling mountain ranges with undulating accent chair backs and bedheads.
  2. ​Let your furniture's detailing do the work and opt for console tables or sideboards with fluted panelling.
  3. To ease flow through your living room, round side tables, armchairsottomans and stools will give greater visibility of the whole area.

  4. Create vignettes of curvy statues and ornaments or make a statement with a shapely urn vase to balance out blockier furniture pieces.
  5. Choose decor that mimics the shape of the human body or soft natural occurrences like clouds to instil a sense of continuous movement on a detailed level, while grounding the room with a round or shaped rug.
  6. If you're scared to take the plunge, start out small with pillar, tapered or sculptural candles.

  7. Soften harsh lines in the bedroom with rounded bedhead, bedside lamps with a curvy base or spherical shade, and round cushions to offset those rectangular pillows.
  8. Mirrors are great for incorporating curves in a way that isn't too bold but mitigates sharp corners and allows for light to reach into those often overlooked areas.

  9. Don't overlook cabinet hardware, smaller curves can still make a big impact.
  10. Create a calming cooking zone by adding curves into the kitchen through pendant light and taps.
Natalie Mell 17 February, 2024

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